Team SISD students develop talent, skill, and appreciation for art and culture through the award-winning fine arts programs in the district. The diverse programs engage students in real-world, educational and competitive settings where they can fine-tune their skills, and showcase their talent at district, community and UIL events. SISD fine arts programs earn consistent recognition at the local and state level.
SISD had seven of the nine El Paso mariachi groups that qualified for the state mariachi festival in 2019 and 2020. In 2019-2020, all SISD high school marching bands received a Division 1 rating in the UIL 5A region, two bands qualified for the finals competition at the area contest and one band advanced to the state marching band contest. Eight SISD students also qualified as all-state musicians in band and choir and performed at the annual Texas Music Educators Association conference. Also, 125 middle and high school students made all-region band and 49 qualified for area, the most of all districts in El Paso.
Team SISD has earned the NAMM Best Communities in Music Education Award for four consecutive years.
In addition, 10 art students qualified for the state VASE competition with 7 of the 10 earning the highest score possible at state and 11 students earned honors in the El Paso Community College art contest. In theater, two students qualified for the state contest for costume and design.
FINE ARTS PROGRAMS OFFERED IN SISD
SISD students in all grade-levels from elementary to high school can participate in diverse fine arts programs. The opportunities are varied and enriching, giving students experience in unique programs such as piano, guitar, mariachi, fiddle, digital art – photography, design and animation, and ballet, just to name a few. SISD is the only area school district that offers theater production at the middle school level, including UIL One Act Play competition. SISD’s elementary fine arts program consists of an engaging music, art and theater collaboration giving the district’s youngest students a strong foundation in the arts. The fine arts programs available in SISD are:
Art Guitar Band Mariachi Choir Orchestra Dance/Drill Team Piano Color Guard Theater